Sanjeev Kumar of Illinois, USA, is the chair, professor and distinguished teacher in the civil and environmental engineering department at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He earned his master’s in science and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1993 and 1996, respectively. He did his baccalaureate in civil engineering from The Institution of Engineers in India, in 1986, and diploma in civil engineering at Thapar Polytechnic, in 1984.
Kumar began his professional career in India and then joined Geotechnology, Inc. in St. Louis in 1994. In 1998, he joined SIU-Carbondale as assistant professor. He has completed more than 100 engineering projects as a project engineer, manager, and peer-reviewer or consultant.
His areas of interest are integration of professional practice and academia, large-scale utilisation of fly ash and bottom ash, stabilisation of soils, dynamic soil-structure interaction, piles under lateral loads, ground motion amplification in soils, liquefaction of sands and hydraulic conductivity of landfill clay barriers.
Sanjeev Kumar has received numerous teaching awards including the Engineering Excellence Award, Outstanding Faculty Research Award, Professional Recognition Award, Distinguished Scholar (Phi Kappa Phi), Distinguished Fellow from the Institute of Hospital Engineers (India) and the S&T Civil Engineering 2003 Exemplary Young Alumni Award.
He has received more than $2 million in research grants and has published 36 publications in professional journals and more than 60 articles in conference proceedings. He has served on many of ASCE’s national committees and chaired its Committee of Continuing Education.